The Manna Principle

27th September, 2012 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

The answer to all our daily problems is simple: trust God!  Yes, it’s simple, but what does it mean and how do we do it?  In his book Running Scared Ed Welch talks about “the manna principle.”  This principle is an effective way to teach your children what it means to trust God.

In the Sinai wilderness God’s people, the Israelites, lived and wandered for forty years. There’s not much that grows in that dustry, rocky wilderness so the LORD God fed His people with manna that fell from the sky each day. The people were to gather just enough for that day and they had plenty to eat. If they gathered more, yuck!, it went rotten and stunk by the next morning. I wonder if they ever asked, “What if God doesn’t send manna tomorrow? Will we go hungry?” But He did. The faithful God sent manna every day (except on the sabbath) for forty years.

The “manna princple” applies to us today too. God gives us what we need for today … financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically. He doesn’t give us today what we need for tomorrow.  Because God provides for us day by day, we have to trust Him.  If He gave us an entire week’s worth of grace, etc., we’d only have to trust Him once a week.

Take some time with your children to think about how the manna principle shows itself in your family’s life. Then take time to thank God for His daily provision.

What does it mean to trust God? It means thoroughly enjoying “God’s manna” today and resting in the confidence that He’ll send manna tomorrow, too.

 

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